Weekly Electromobility News

LEAF Lessees Get Option to Extend Lease with 3-month Courtesy Payments from Nissan; Lucid Air Luxury EV Will Start at $60,000; Tesla to Discontinue Model S 60 and 60D Starting on April 17

 

LEAF Lessees Get Option to Extend Lease with 3-month Courtesy Payments from Nissan

According to Green Car Reports, Nissan on Mar. 9 tweeted on Twitter that “many LEAF owners can extend their lease, get 3 months of courtesy payment & get on the list for the next Nissan LEAF”. This applies to the leases with the expiration date of Apr. 1st and later.

The offer is related to the release of the second-generation Nissan LEAF. The global release will be in this September and the new LEAF will be on sale by this year.

Lucid Air Luxury EV Will Start at $60,000

According to Autoblog, EV startup Lucid Motors set its first electric car Air starting at $60,000, before government incentives. The base model will have an electro-range of 240 miles and 400 horsepower. It will also be equipped with a 10-speaker sound system, 12-way power seats, “lots of” touch screens, etc. There will be upgraded 315 mile and 400 mile models. Additional options include a dual-motor system with 1000 horsepower, glass roof, 22-way power seats with massage, 29-speaker sound system, reclining rear seats, and so on.

The first 255 Launch Edition models will include many upgraded options, plus unique colors and badging. They will be around $165,000.

Tesla to Discontinue Model S 60 and 60D Starting on April 17

According to Teslarati, Tesla will soon stop selling its base models Model S 60 and 60D. Customers can still order these models until April 16. The price starts at $68,000 and the electro-range is between 210 miles and 218 miles with different motor configuration. This will make Model S 75 become the base model. Model S60 and 60D also have the option of upgrading to 75 kWh battery over the air.

Weekly Electromobility News

Daimler Eyes China for Producing its Electric Cars and Batteries; Tesla Started its Biggest Showroom in Europe; Lucid Motors Will Use Batteries from Samsung

 

Daimler Eyes China for Producing its Electric Cars and Batteries

According to Reuters, Daimler’s board member Hubertus Troska mentioned that the company was considering the possibility of manufacturing electric cars and batteries in China, to promote local production and cater the world’s largest automobile market.

It is “among the options in the room” to setup a battery plant in China, as Mr. Troska disclosed. He also mentioned that “the strategic plan by the (Chinese) authorities is to push battery electric vehicles. We continue to invest in both battery electric cars and hybrid.”

Mercedes’ sales in China are strong this year. “Sales of the C-Class in the past year were phenomenal and we cannot build enough GLCs,” Mr. Troska said.

Tesla Started its Biggest Showroom in Europe

According to Forbes, Tesla opened its largest European showroom in Chiswick, London, on this past Friday. Here customers get to see the available options and customize their order.

Tesla is expanding in the country. After setting up its first showroom three years ago, the company owns 16 showrooms now. There are also 144 Superchargers along the corridor between Exeter and Edinburgh as well as to Kent area.

Lucid Motors Will Use Batteries from Samsung

According to Fortune, EV startup Lucid Motors (previous Atieva) will use batteries from Samsung in its upcoming electric cars. Both companies formed the partnership to development high-performance cylindrical batteries. The batteries “exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life, and safety. Significantly, this jointly developed cell achieves breakthrough tolerance to repeated fast charging.”

Lucid plans to show its 1,000-HP Atvus sedan on Dec. 14. At least one model will support an electro-range of 400 miles, as mentioned by the company’s CTO Peter Rawlinson, who was a VP at Tesla previously.